Business Class Around the World: Several Star Alliance Routings From Italy Starting at €2,966

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Departing from various Italian airports, there are currently all sorts of exciting options for “Round the World” tickets in Star Alliance business class. The entire trip is limited to three stopovers – and one in Auckland, New Zealand is obligatory to get the price. One of the others stops has to happen in America, the other in Asia. Prices start around €3,000 and the possible itineraries are impossible to count.


Regarding COVID-19 entry regulations, ravel to all aforementioned countries is possible. Some may require a proof of vaccination to enter, others (like Hong Kong) an additional PCR-Test.

We start off with a few example routings for this fare. Depending on your selection, you are able to buy tickets via our flight search, Expedia or directly from United Airlines.

  • Westbound:
    • Milan – San Francisco – Auckland – Tokyo – Bologna for €3,078
    • Venice – Austin – Auckland – Tokyo – Venice for €3,226
  • Eastbound:
    • Naples – Tokyo – Auckland – Vancouver – Rom for €2,966
    • Bologna – Tokyo – Auckland – Chicago – Bologna for €2,984
    • Bologna – Tokyo – Auckland – Toronto – Milan for €3,019
    • Venice – Tokyo – Auckland – Austin – Venice for €3,234
    • Venice – Singapore – Auckland – New York – Venice for €3,074
    • Venice – Bangkok – Auckland – Vancouver – Venice for €3,176
    • Milan – Seoul – Auckland – Houston – Milan for €3,169
    • Bologna – Hong Kong – Auckland – Los Angeles – Bologna for €3,259

Oneway to book your own trip is our Go2 tool. We have preselected our flight search and Expedia as possible destinations, as connections there are most broadly available. If your itinerary includes a domestic flight inside the United States, you may also use United’s website. You may find connections between December of this year until September 2023.

Italy RTW Screen 1

Additional Routings

There are much more possible routings than the example above. In principle, you can select one stop of each color and build your own trip around the globe. Limits are that it has to start in Italy (blue) and Auckland has to be part of the journey:

Possible destinations with this round-the-world-ticket.

The selection gets even broader if you are willing to add a surface sector. A surface sector is not covered by your ticket, and you will be continuing your journey from a different spot than your last destination. You need to buy a separate ticket, rent a car or take a train or ship to cover the distance.

A good example is flying from Milan to Tokyo, then taking the train to Osaka and continue from there to Auckland. Possible routings including a surface sector are:

  • Milan – Chicago – Auckland – Tokyo | Seoul – Venice for €3,047
  • Bologna – Tokyo – Auckland – Vancouver | Toronto – Milan for €3,054
  • Milan – San José (Costa Rica) | Houston – Auckland – Tokyo – Bologna for €3,234

The surface sector is printed bold.

You can fly with Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Eurowings Discover, Swiss, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada or United.

Unfortunately, Air New Zealand’s business class isn’t the most modern, and their new business class won’t be implemented by 2024. Long-haul options with Singapore Airlines are therefore more attractive.

Search & Book

The fare rules don’t give any information on how long this deal will be available. The travel period starts in December 2022 – and goes deep into next year. In general, the later you start searching, the better are your chances of finding availabilities.

You have to stay at least ten days in New Zealand to get the lowest price, your stops in America and Asia don’t have any limitations. You may actually find cheaper tickets if you stay less than 24 hours on these continents.

The most convenient way to find cheap tickets is Google Flights‘ multistop search, but even this method demands some time and patience, because you won’t be able to use the preview calendar. If you want to quicken your search a little, to searching Italy – Auckland – Italy tickets first. If you hit the €3,000 price mark, enter the out- and inbound flight date in the multistop search and try to add fitting stopovers.

We have a couple of troubleshooting advices:

  • Problem: After selecting a couple of segments, the cheap price is still available, but it disappears after adding more segments.
    • Solution: Just finish assembling your journey. In some cases, the final price will be around €3,000, even if it changed throughout the search process.
  • Problem: I don’t find any flights with a Star Alliance partner. Google only suggests Air France flights.
    • Solution: Set a filter for airlines, so only Star Alliance members or specific airlines like Lufthansa are displayed.
  • Problem: My preferred return flight like Seoul – Munich – Paris isn’t offered, only Seoul – Munich – Frankfurt – Paris.
    • Solution: Split your last flights up into smaller segments. Don’t search for Seoul – Paris but for Seoul – Munich in leg 4 and Munich – Paris in leg 5.
  • Problem: I found a fitting itinerary on Google Flights at a desirable price – but can’t book it anywhere.
    • Solution: This is trickier than the others. For some combinations, there simply aren’t OTAs who sell them. You can only call the airlines and ask to put that itinerary together and hope the price turns out to be correct. Also, Google Flights is not without failures, the site may display wrong prices
      You can double-check if that’s the case by entering your itinerary into the ITA Matrix or check Expertflyer – though the latter one requires a subscription.

After finding an itinerary, our Go2 tool is one of the best (and completely free) ways to find the right booking site. Learn more about the tool and browser extension here:


The booking class depends on the operating airline. In general, these are the most common booking classes:

  • Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss: P
  • United and Air Canada: P
  • Air New Zealand: J or Z
  • Singapore Airlines: D

The example in the screenshot above NAP - FRA - HND | NRT - AKL - YVR - YUL - FCO operated by Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and Air Canada yields the following mileage:

  • 48,555 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 38,049 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 37,864 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 37,864 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 34,905 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 33,078 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 33,078 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 31,764 Award Miles + 6,087 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 31,588 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 31,422 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 28,577 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 28,395 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 28,219 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 25,102 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 25,102 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 23,822 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 22,258 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 22,067 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 18,826 Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 16,316 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 10,408 Award Miles + 38,046 Tier Miles on Miles&More
  • 9,572 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 6,507 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 2,860 Award Miles + 8,667 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.

You can calculate the mileage for your individual itinerary here:

If you already hold a Star Alliance status and are interested in your mileage including bonus, you can use this calculator:

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  1. Jose Sa says:

    Good morning,

    I am trying to book this RTW fare out of Italy. I found the exact dates and low fare on Expedia, Gotogate, and Mytrip. In all 3 websites i get an error when i am completing the payment, its either “fare not available try another option” or “technical problem please refresh and try again”.

    Do you have any suggestion on how to overcome this error?

    Thanks and regards,

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